Office Web Apps on SkyDrive updated with new features

By damaster | Posted February 24, 2013 18 comments

Ofc_Orng166_rgbMicrosoft released the final Office Web Apps to the latest version in line with Office 2013 back in October last year, but that doesn’t mean the work stops there. On the official Office blog today, Microsoft detailed the latest updates to the Office Web Apps, now available on SkyDrive (and Outlook.com). Below are the details:

  • Copy and paste pictures from the web – Users of Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and OneNote Web App can now easily insert pictures from the web into their documents. Simply copy the image you want from a website, and then pressing “CTRL+V” inside the document, and voilà – the image is inserted into your document.
  • Floating formatting toolbar – Consistent with Office 2013, users of Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and OneNote Web App now has the floating formatting toolbar available whenever they select a text (in Word and OneNote Web Apps) or right-click a shape (in PowerPoint Web App). Check out a screenshot below:
    Floating formatting toolbar
  • Format text in shapes in PowerPoint Web App – The last PowerPoint Web App update added the ability to insert and edit shapes, but without the ability to actually format the text within the shapes. This update brings full text editing capabilities to texts within shapes in PowerPoint Web App.
  • Edit slide layouts and copy slide contents to another in PowerPoint Web App  Users are now able to copy-and-paste entire slide contents into another, as well as the ability to edit slide layouts within PowerPoint Web App. Check out the screenshot below:
    Slide layout
  • View comments in Excel Web App – The previous Office Web Apps update introduced the ability to view and edit comments in Word and PowerPoint Web Apps. Today’s update introduces the ability to view comments within Excel Web App. However whilst viewing comments is now possible, you still cannot create or edit comments within Excel Web App. Check out a screenshot of this feature below:
    View comment in Excel Web App
  • Enhanced touch capabilities in Excel Web App – The latest update also brought enhanced touch capabilities to Excel Web App. Users can now easily move and resize charts using touch, as well as selecting multiple cells by dragging the selection handle. This was probably one of the biggest annoyances of using Excel Web App in the previous version using touch devices such as the Surface, and this update brings it closer to the Excel 2013 desktop app.

Unfortunately, like the last update, there hasn’t been any significant improvements to the OneNote Web App (besides the addition of the floating formatting toolbar and copy-and-paste web images). Nonetheless this is still good news for Office Web Apps and SkyDrive users, and it is great to see Microsoft continuing to release improvements and updates for Office Web Apps. You can try these new features out in SkyDrive.com for yourself now!

Posted February 24th, 2013 at 5:36 am
Category: News
Tags: Office Web Apps, SkyDrive
  • MadMeddler

    (View comments in Excel Web App) – the text in this section is a little off.

    Whilst viewing comments is not possible – should read now possible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bessard Michaël Bessard

      And “viola” should be “voilà”. :)

    • damaster

      Ahh that’s what happens when you write a post at 2am. Corrected :) Thanks!

  • MadMeddler

    (View comments in Excel Web App) – the text in this section is a little off.

    Whilst viewing comments is not possible – should read now possible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bessard Michaël Bessard

      And “viola” should be “voilà”. :)

    • damaster

      Ahh that’s what happens when you write a post at 2am. Corrected :) Thanks!

  • wadedorrell

    Paste of images and the floating toolbar (well, easier maintenance of checklists, and that does help) were 2 out of 3 features I considered missing in OneNote Web app. You say this wasn’t significant improvement: what do you want to see improved?

    (My 3rd feature is search; the known-section/page search is not useful to me. I usually do not know which section/page to start in.)

    • damaster

      Search is definitely one area which I’d like to see improved. Besides the full-workbook search, things like searching for text within images would be quite useful too (something the desktop version is able to do).

      Right now you can only insert images into OneNote Web App – perhaps the ability to insert audio notes or other file types would be useful too. Ink/handwriting capability would also be quite useful.

      And if you look at the image formatting capabilities right now – it is quite lacking when compared to the other web apps – right now you can only grow/shrink the image in OneNote Web App.

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        I think the search can be improved as well, but usually I know what page I’m looking for, it’s just the certain paragraph that I don’t know what I’m looking for.

        Basically, search usually works for me.

  • wadedorrell

    Paste of images and the floating toolbar (well, easier maintenance of checklists, and that does help) were 2 out of 3 features I considered missing in OneNote Web app. You say this wasn’t significant improvement: what do you want to see improved?

    (My 3rd feature is search; the known-section/page search is not useful to me. I usually do not know which section/page to start in.)

    • damaster

      Search is definitely one area which I’d like to see improved. Besides the full-workbook search, things like searching for text within images would be quite useful too (something the desktop version is able to do).

      Right now you can only insert images into OneNote Web App – perhaps the ability to insert audio notes or other file types would be useful too. Ink/handwriting capability would also be quite useful.

      And if you look at the image formatting capabilities right now – it is quite lacking when compared to the other web apps – right now you can only grow/shrink the image in OneNote Web App.

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        I think the search can be improved as well, but usually I know what page I’m looking for, it’s just the certain paragraph that I don’t know what I’m looking for.

        Basically, search usually works for me.

  • http://plus.google.com/u/0/117267007914144842979/ Xuanlong

    The improvements may be subtle, but they really do make the web apps much better.

  • http://plus.google.com/u/0/117267007914144842979/ Xuanlong

    The improvements may be subtle, but they really do make the web apps much better.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    I’d like to see header and footer support be added to the Word Web App right now, as Google Docs already has it.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    I’d like to see header and footer support be added to the Word Web App right now, as Google Docs already has it.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

    Wait, the floating toolbar wasn’t there before? Whoa, how odd. I use the OneNote webapp almost daily and I could’ve sworn I’ve been using the floating toolbar before.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    Wait, the floating toolbar wasn’t there before? Whoa, how odd. I use the OneNote webapp almost daily and I could’ve sworn I’ve been using the floating toolbar before.